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The Other Minds Video Archive features recordings of OM's past music festivals and concert productions, as well as collaborative productions and performances provided by local and visiting artists. Browse our audio selections (see Other Minds Archive below) for a wide range of audiotape recordings digitized from our largest collection, the KPFA-FM Music Dept. Archive, in addition to Other Minds programming. All recordings in the Other Minds collections, with additional information and images can be found at: RadiOM.org. RadiOM is a unique new music resource providing access to historical and contemporary material recorded over a fifty year-plus span. This collection is a not-for-profit service presented by Other Minds, Inc. of San Francisco.

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Taking questions directly from the audience and extrapolating from there, composer, saxophonist, Tzadik record label owner, and MacArthur Fellow John Zorn, talks about his work and the avant-garde music scene as he sees it. Joined by moderator Larry Ochs of the ROVA Saxopone Quartet and percussionist William Winant, Zorn discusses a number of topics including the use of texts in musical compositions; the influence of Judaism on his music; the process of composing 300 tunes in a matter of...
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Topics: ROVA: Improv:21: Interview and Music, Avant-Garde, Free Improvisation, John Zorn
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The story of “MACHUNAS” is an emblem of the end of twentieth century culture, in all its tragedy, irony, delusions and immense vitality. It’s inspired by and based on four key episodes in the life and death of George Maciunas, an architect, artist, activist and founder of the Fluxus art movement, the last avant-garde utopia of the modern era. His name is misspelled on purpose, both due to phonetic considerations and the desire to separate this story from any accurate description of his...
Topics: Music, 21st century classical, Music Theater, Secular oratorios, Fluxus
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Derk Richardson interviews composer and inventor of the Long String Instrument (LSI), Ellen Fullman, at the Red Poppy Art House, in San Francisco, on February 18, 2009, as part of the ROVA:Arts Improv 21 series of informances. Fullman describes her evolution from a visual artist to musical instrument builder, improviser, composer, and collaborator with various other avant-garde ensembles. Fullman states that her journey of musical discovery began with her impatience at learning traditional...
Topics: Improv:21, ROVA, Arts, Ellen Fullman, Interview, Music, Unconventional Instruments
Derk Richardson interviews composer and keyboardist Wayne Horvitz, recorded at the Red Poppy Art House in San Francisco on April 15, 2009, as part of the ROVA:Arts Improv 21 series of informances. Horvitz, who is as well known for his classical styled compositions as for his experimental jazz and avant-garde rock performances, discusses the social context of a variety of performance practices. He makes an eloquent argument for breaking down, or at least ignoring, the barriers between jazz and...
Topics: Imrpov:21, Wayne Horvitz, Improvisation, Interview, Music, 20th Century Classical
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Derk Richardson interviews Los Angeles based guitarist/improviser Nels Cline at the Dance Mission Theater in San Francisco on March, 26, 2005. Cline talks about his early influences, including John Coltrane, Ravi Shankar, Jimi Hendrix, and Miles Davis. As a guitar player, Cline discusses the difficulties he had in incorporating the instrument into jazz music, and his gradual discovery about the similarities between the sound of Coltrane’s tenor sax and his guitar playing. Cline then plays a...
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Topics: ROVA, Nels Cline, Improv:21, Interview and Music, Free Improvisation, Jazz
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This is a rare video recording of Robert Moran’s groundbreaking “Jewel Encrusted Butterfly Wing Explosions” which was commissioned and performed by the Youth Chamber Orchestra of the Oakland Symphony in 1968, and aired on KQED -TV of San Francisco. During the preparation of the performance, we hear Charles Shere interview composer Robert Moran, in which he discusses the partially aleatoric score which calls on the performers to musically interpret an experimental film by Rick Paup and...
Topics: Music, Orchestral Music, New Music, Aleatory Music, Mixed Media, Interview
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Larry Ochs of ROVA (Rova Saxophone Quartet) introduces an insightful interview of composer/improviser Fred Frith by Derk Richardson, conducted at the Dance Mission Theater in San Francisco on January 30, 2005. Frith discusses the role of improvisation in his music and the recording techniques he has used in the music studio to capture and manipulate those improvisations. He also describes his use of graphic scores, his work improvising film soundtracks, and the various tricks he has developed...
Topics: ROVA, Improv:21, Interview and Music, Free Improvisation, Jazz, Fred Frith
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Derk Richardson interviews composer, improviser, and multi-wind instrumentalist Vinny Golia, recorded at the Red Poppy Art House, in San Francisco on March 18 2009, as part of the ROVA:Arts Improv 21 series of informances. Originally a visual artist, Golia has brought his skills at pictorial composition to his ensemble pieces. A self taught musician, Golia considers his role as an outsider has enabled him to work with radical avant-garde musicians, members of the primarily African American...
Topics: Improv:21, ROVA:Arts, Vinny Golia, Improvisation, Jazz, Interview, Music
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Derk Richardson interviews members of the ROVA Saxophone Quartet at San Francisco’s Mission Cultural Center on June 5, 2005. They discuss the relationships of imagery to sound including the use of graphic notation in spontaneous compositions, as well as using film imagery to guide an improvisation. Konrad Steiner talks about the experimental films of Stan Brakhage, which have been used by members of ROVA as inspiration for some of their works. More like this available at radiOM
Topics: ROVA, Improv:21, Free Improvisation, Jazz, Interview and Music
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Recorded on February 20, 2008, at the Marsh, in San Francisco, Derk Richardson introduces saxophonist, composer, and improviser extraordinaire, Roscoe Mitchell. The very embodiment of the deliberate and intelligent artist, Mitchell proceeds to hold court before an attentive and appreciative audience, presenting some of his musical collaborations, and sharing his ideas about improvising while also answering a variety of interesting questions. One of the first members of the Association for the...
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Topics: Improv:21, ROVA:Arts, Roscoe Mitchell, Lecture, Panel Discussion, Improvisation, Saxophone Music,...
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Other Minds celebrated the 100th anniversary of the birth of Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000), a prolific but under-appreciated composer and pioneer of "multi-cultural" music, on March 13, 2011, at the First Congregational Church of Berkeley, CA. Over the course of his career, Hovhaness studied his own Armenian ancestry, and also the musical cultures of India, Japan, and South Korea, traveling extensively to research the traditional music of those countries. Their influence is made clear in...
Topics: Other Minds, Alan Hovhaness, Music, 20th Century Classical, Piano Music
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The third and concluding concert of the 18th Other Minds Festival of New Music (OM 18), held on March 2, 2013, began with a panel discussion featuring the night’s composers and some of the performers. The discussion moderated by Other Minds Executive and Artistic Director Charles Amirkhanian begins with Canadian composer Aaron Gervais discussing his new composition “Work Around the World,” which is the third in a series of compositions that feature as their text one word in translated...
Topics: Other Minds, Other Minds Festival of New Music, OM 18, :Lecture, Panel discussion, New music, 21st...
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Nearly forty years after John Cage composed, “Solo for Voice 58”, an indeterminate work consisting of 18 separate parts, it finds its ideal interpreter in Italian-born dhrupad singer Amelia Cuni. The first performer to prepare the full 18 microtonal ragas for a major performance, Cuni executes microtonal melodies in five different languages with stunning ease. On November 2, 2007, Other Minds, presented the American premiere of this iconoclastic interpretation at a concert in Berkeley...
Topics: Other Minds, Music, New Music, Microtonal Music, John Cage, Amelia Cuni
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On September, 29, 2010, at the Valley Presbyterian Church in Portola Valley, CA, Other Minds presented the second of two concerts dedicated to the music of composer, author, astrologer, painter, and philosopher, Dane Rudhyar. A true Renaissance man, Dane Rudhyar was born in Paris France in 1895, studied briefly at the Paris Conservatoire, and published his first musical compositions, as well as a book on Claude Debussy, by 1913. In 1916, in a move that he compared to going to the moon, or like...
Topics: Other Minds, Dane Rudhyar, Music, New Music, Chamber Music, 20th Century Classical, String Quartets
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Derk Richardson interviews composer and bassist John Lindberg, recorded at the Red Poppy Art House in San Francisco on November 14, 2009, as part of the ROVA:Arts Improv 21 series of informances. John Lindberg is a New York based musician who was in the Bay Area on a temporary teaching stint at the California at Cal Arts. This informal discussion begins with Lindberg performing “Fiddlesticks,” a work that he has been part of his solo double bass repertoire for about 20 years. LIndberg then...
Topics: Improv:21, John Lindberg, Improvisation, Jazz, Double bass music, Interview, Music
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The first concert of the 15th Other Minds Festival of New Music (OM 15) was held in San Francisco on March 4, 2010. The evening’s featured works included a subtle string quartet by the Swiss composer Jürg Frey and performed by the Quatuor Bozzini; a lively double trio for woodwinds and string as well as an elegant piano piece composed by Chou Wen-Chun; and a song cycle for voice and violin by Lisa Bielawa, based on texts by Franz Kafka, and performed by the multi-talented Carla Kihlstedt....
Topics: Other Minds Festival, OM 15, New Music, 20th Century Classical, Chamber Music
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Ben Johnston delivers an autobiographical lecture describing his early music influences including Harry Partch as part of a symposium held at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro. He also discusses in detail his interest in microtonal music and in particular just intonation. He then answers questions posed by the audience.
Topics: Lecture/panel Discussion, Microtonal Music, 20th Century Classical, Ben Johnston
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On September, 29, 2010, at the Valley Presbyterian Church in Portola Valley, CA, Other Minds presented the second of two concerts dedicated to the music of composer, author, astrologer, painter, and philosopher, Dane Rudhyar. A true Renaissance man, Dane Rudhyar was born in Paris France in 1895, studied briefly at the Paris Conservatoire, and published his first musical compositions, as well as a book on Claude Debussy, by 1913. In 1916, in a move that he compared to going to the moon, or like...
Topics: Other Minds, Dane Rudhyar, Music, 20th Century Classical, New Music, Chamber Music
On September 14, 2005, Derk Richardson interviewed singer/violinist/composer Carla Kihlstedt at The Thick House in San Francisco. Kihlstedt studied music at Oberlin where her interests expanded from the classical repertoire to more improvisational and avant-garde music. In 1997 she co-founded the group Tin Hat Trio with Rob Burger and Mark Orton, and has also played with 2 Foot Yard and Sleepytime Gorilla Museum. In this interview she speaks about her influences and her improvising concepts in...
Topics: ROVA, Improv:21, Free Improvisation, Interview and Music, Carla Kihlstedt
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On Friday September 15, 2011, Other Minds presented a screening of a selection films by and with Fluxus artists George Maciunas, Dick Higgins, Ben Vautier, Nam June Paik and more. After the films, Charles Amirkhanian moderated a Q & A session in the theatre with Alison Knowles and Hannah Higgins, joined by filmmaker and program curator, Peter Esmonde. The screening and Q & A (under very dim lights) took place at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas in San Francisco. For more detailed program...
Topics: Lecture, Panel Discussion, Other Minds, Fluxus, Alison Knowles, Hannah Higgins
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The third and final concert of the 15th Other Minds Festival of New Music (OM 15) was held in San Francisco on March 6, 2010. Of all the three featured concerts of the 2010 Festival this may have been the most diverse. It began with the world premiere of Gyan Riley’s composition for jazz quartet, commissioned for this event by Other Minds. This is followed by two works by the long established minimalist composer Tom Johnson, who began his career as a music critic for the Village Voice before...
Topics: Other Minds Festival, OM 15, Music, New Music, Minimal Music, 21st Century Classical, Jazz
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The second concert of the 15th Other Minds Festival of New Music (OM 15) was held in San Francisco on March 5, 2010. In typical OM fashion the concert was a mix of both the old and the young, the established and the new. The evening featured two spatially immersive tape pieces by the young English composer Natasha Barrett, who incorporates ambient sounds, fragments of text, and carefully placed electronic sounds in her engaging acoustamitic compositions. Also heard this evening were two...
Topics: Other Minds Festival, OM 15, New Music, Electro-Acoustic, Electronic, 21st Century Classical, Music
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Scott Amendola, the talented percussionist and composer, is interviewed by Derk Richardson, before an appreciative live audience, recorded on May 21, 2008, at the Marsh, in San Francisco, as part of the Improv:21 series sponsored by ROVA Arts. The event begins with Amendola improvising on his normal drum kit, augmented by an assortment of samplers, digital loops, carefully placed microphones, and other various electronic devices, not to mention the occasional sleigh bell or two. Following this...
Topics: ROVA:Arts, Improv:21, Scott Amendola, Panel Discussion, Lecture, Jazz, Improvisation, Percussion...
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A performance and lecture by composer and bassist Mark Dresser, recorded on April 15, 2008, at the Marsh, in San Francisco, as part of the Improv:21 series sponsored by ROVA Arts. After a brief introduction by Derk Richardson, Dresser takes the stage and performs a lengthy improvisation, before launching into what is no less than a master class on extended playing techniques, intervals, harmonics, and the creative uses of amplification. Dresser, who was born in Los Angeles, studied music at U....
Topics: ROVA:Arts, Improv:21, Lecture, Panel Discussion, Jazz, Improvisation, Double Bass, Mark Dresser
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Recorded on April 9, 2007 at the San Francisco Performance Library, Derk Richardson engages Chris Brown and Tim Perkis in a discussion, before a live audience, about the processes and challenges of improvising electronic music. Both early pioneers of computer music, Brown and Perkis have been performing improvised electronic and electro-acoustic music since the late 1970s, and at various times have performed in such groups as the League of Automatic Music Composers, The Hub, Rova:Orkestrova,...
Topics: Improv:21, Lecture, Panel Discussion, Computer Music, Electronic, Electro-Acoustic, Tim Perkis,...
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Derk Richardson interviews Japanese-American koto player, composer, and performance artist Miya Masaoka during a live informance recorded on March 8, 2006 at the 21 Grand in Oakland Ca., After an aborted attempt to get the technology to work for her “Pieces for Plants”, in which electrodes pick up voltages from a number of plants, which are then used to trigger musical events, Masaoka instead performs an improvisation for koto and electronics. She then sits down with Richardson to discusses...
Topics: ROVA, Improv:21, Miya Masaoka, Derk Richardson, Interview and Music, Free Improvisation,...
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OM 14 got started with Other Minds Executive and Artistic Director, Charles Amirkhanian, moderating a panel discussion with Bent Sørensen, Chinary Ung, and Ben Johnston, whose works were to be heard during the first concert, held on March 5, 2009. Sørensen discusses how he has incorporated aspects from one of his operas into two of his more recent compositions as well as commenting on the challenges of writing for a piano trio. Ung touches upon his interest in finding the musical equivalent...
Topics: Other Minds Festival of New Music, OM 14, Music, New Music
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Recorded on November 28, 2007, at the Marsh, in San Francisco, Derk Richardson interviews composer and performer Zeena Parkins before a live audience, as part of Rova:Arts Improv:21 series of informances. Parkins begins with a description of her musical education, starting with her acceptance to Detroit’s famous performing arts institution, Cass Technical High School. Already an accomplished pianist with dreams of a classical concert career, Parkins suddenly found herself assigned to also...
Topics: Improv:21, Zeena Parkins, Interview, Music, Electro-Acoustic, Electronic
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Composer/percussionist/improviser Gino Robair gathers an improv-orchestra of 40 Bay Area improvisers to help him demonstrate his music and methods for his opera in progress called: I Norton Derk Richardson interviewed Robair at 21 Grand gallery in Oakland, on February 1, 2006. (This is Rova:Arts un-edited camera footage.)
Topics: ROVA, Improv:21, Free Improvisation, Interview and Music, Gino Robair
Derk Richardson interviews New York based, master-saxophonist, Ned Rothenberg, who composes and performs on saxophones, clarinets, flute, and shakuhachi (an end blown Japanese bamboo flute). He has been internationally acclaimed for his solo music, which he has presented for the past 25 years in hundreds of concerts throughout North and South America, Europe, and Japan. In this Improv:21 event, recorded on February 15, 2006 at 21 Grand in Oakland, CA, Ned compares the dynamics of solo...
Topics: ROVA: Improv:21: Interview and Music, Jazz, Free Improvisation, Ned Rothenberg
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Summoning the specters of musical forbears, and channeling the spirits of their successors, the 2008 New Music Seance Concerts featured a marathon of performances by pianist Sarah Cahill, and the dynamic violin/piano duo of Kate Stenberg and Eva-Maria Zimmermann. The concerts were held in the intimate, candle lit setting of the historic Arts & Crafts styled Swedenborgian Church in San Francisco on December 6, 2008. The first concert, entitled “Birds in Warped Time”, featured music by...
Topics: Other Minds, New Music Seance, Music, 20th Century Classical, New Music
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Following the Other Minds sponsored, U. S. premiere of the film “Edgard Varèse: The One All Alone,” held in San Francisco on April 19, 2010, Charles Amirkhanian talks with the film’s director, Frank Scheffer, and Varèse’s student and protégé, the Chinese composer Chou Wen-Chung. Dutch director Scheffer makes it clear that his film is not an attempt to visually interpret Varèse’s music, something that he would consider impossible and ill-advised. However he does talk of the...
Topics: Other Minds, Edgar Varese, Frank Scheffer, Chou Wen-chung, lecture, Panel Discussion, Avant-Garde,...
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The second night of the 15th Other Minds Festival of New Music (OM 15) began with a panel discussion with some of the composers and performers featured in that night’s concert, held on March 5, 2010. Joining moderator Charles Amirkhanian on stage were, the electro-acoustic composer Natasha Barrett, Polish composer Paweł Mykietyn, and jazz legends Kidd Jordan and Warren Smith. Barrett describes how she blends, carefully, spatially placed natural sounds, spoken monologues, and electronic...
Topics: Other Minds Festival, OM 15, New Music, Lecture, Panel Discussion, Electro-Acoustic, Electronic,...
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In tribute to Leo Ornstein, who passed away at the age of 108 or 109, just a couple of weeks prior this OM 8 concert held on March 8, 2002, pianist Sarah Cahill added this selection to the end of that evening’s program. “Morning in the Woods” was composed in 1971. The composer’s wife recalls that the piece was composed “in our New Hampshire hideaway, deep in the woods on the edge of the large wilderness.” It is typical of a vast number of compositions Ornstein wrote in his seventies...
Topics: Other Minds Festival, OM 8, Leo Ornstein, Music, New Music, piano music, Sarah Cahill
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Summoning the specters of musical forbears, and channeling the spirits of their successors, the 2008 New Music Seance Concerts featured a marathon of performances by pianist Sarah Cahill, and the dynamic violin/piano duo of Kate Stenberg and Eva-Maria Zimmermann. The concerts were held in the intimate, candle lit setting of the historic Arts & Crafts styled Swedenborgian Church in San Francisco on December 6, 2008. The second concert, entitled “Deep River Dreams”, featured music by such...
Topics: Other Minds, New Music Seance, Music, 20th Century Classical, New Music
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Charles Amirkhanian interviews music critic, and former KPFA Music Department Director, Alan Rich, at his home in Los Angeles, California. In this interview, recorded on October 21, 2009, just six months before Rich’s peaceful passing on April 23, 2010, Amirkhanian asks Rich to recall the events that led to the historic, first American broadcast interview with the French avant-garde composer Pierre Boulez on KPFA in March of 1958. As Rich remembers it, it was during a dinner party in honor of...
Topics: Interview, 20th Century Classical, Music, Musical Criticism
Pauline Oliveros writes, "’Quintuplets Play Pen: For Ruth Crawford’ was composed in 2001 especially for Sarah Cahill after listening to her recording of pieces by Ruth Crawford Seeger. The piece was conceived mathematically using a 10 X 10 matrix of choices (- = half step or rest and + = whole step or play). The patterns derived remind me of Crawford's music-both her early work and her work with folk music." Pianist Sarah Cahill describes this work as "a playful polyrhythmic...
Topics: Other Minds Festival, OM 8, Pauline Oliveros, Sarah Cahill, Music, New Music, piano music
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As part of the Improv:21 series sponsored by ROVA:Arts, Derk Richardson interviews composer, performer, author, and musical theoretician Bob Ostertag, before a live audience at the San Francisco Museum of Performance & Design Performing Arts Library, on May 27, 2007. Ostertag concentrates his remarks on the evolution of electronic music, what constitutes a performance, and the inherent tension between body and machine. He begins by referencing the essays of electronic music pioneers Edgar...
Topics: Improv:21, ROVA, Lecture, Panel Discussion, Electro-Acoustic, Electronic
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Summoning the specters of musical forbears, and channeling the spirits of their successors, the 2008 New Music Seance Concerts featured a marathon of performances by pianist Sarah Cahill, and the dynamic violin/piano duo of Kate Stenberg and Eva-Maria Zimmermann. The concerts were held in the intimate, candle lit setting of the historic Arts & Crafts styled Swedenborgian Church in San Francisco on December 6, 2008. Prior to the third concert, which was dedicated to the music of Ruth...
Topics: Other Minds, New Music Seance, Lecture, Panel Discussion, Ruth Crawford, 20th Century Classical,...
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The third and final concert of OM 14 was held on March 7, 2009. After brief introductions and various plugs for Other Minds, the concert begins with: Spiral Xi: Mother and Child Each of Chinary Ung's “Spiral” pieces focuses on a single idea that is re-imagined and re-contextualized over the course of the work. This work investigates the notion of musicality as something beyond instrumental practice. Rather, the use of vocal sounds (singing, humming, chanting, and whistling) is equally as...
Topics: Other Minds, OM 14, Other Minds Festival of New Music, Music, New Music
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Moderator Derk Richarson facilitates a session with composer Cheryl Leonard, who talks about her work utilizing materials from nature as musical instruments, and performs several excerpts from longer pieces with her own chamber ensemble. Amplifying everything from pine cones, pieces of driftwood, rock, sand, water, and other natural objects, Leonard composes works that are surprisingly textured and full of unusual rhythms. During this program she talks about how she finds or builds her...
Topics: ROVA, Improv:21, Avant-Garde, Unconventional Instruments, Interview and Music, Cheryl Leonard
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The third night of the 15th Other Minds Festival of New Music (OM 15) began with a panel discussion with the composers whose works were to be featured in that night’s concert, which was held on March 6, 2010. Joining moderator Charles Amirkhanian on stage were, Gyan Riley, who is known for his guitar playing as well as composing, minimalist composer Tom Johnson, and violinist, composer, and indy rock personality Carla Kihlstedt. Johnson describes his fascination with minimal music, which for...
Topics: Other Minds Festival, OM 15, Lecture, Panel Discussion, New Music, Music, Composition, Minimal Music
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The second concert of OM 14 was held on March 6, 2009, and it included: Hannah Hannah, or to be precise Ophiphagus Hannah, is a royal variety of the cobra. This composition presents several images of her: from sounds that replicate hissing and biting, and further analogies, to slithery rippling and connotations of submissiveness, to sounds of singing instruments. The cobra is the main character, creating her own images, as if surrounded by fun house mirrors, which deform and at times obscure...
Topics: Other Minds, OM 14, Other Minds Festival of New Music, Music, New Music
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Summoning the specters of musical forbears, and channeling the spirits of their successors, the 2008 New Music Seance Concerts featured a marathon of performances by pianist Sarah Cahill, and the dynamic violin/piano duo of Kate Stenberg and Eva-Maria Zimmermann. The concerts were held in the intimate, candle lit setting of the historic Arts & Crafts styled Swedenborgian Church in San Francisco on December 6, 2008. The third concert, entitled “Ruth Crawford and Her Milieu” featured...
Topics: Other Minds, New Music Seance, Music, 20th Century Classical, New Music
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Charles Amirkhanian interviews composer Rhys Chatham before a select audience gathered at a private residence in San Francisco on June 8, 2013. Chatham was visiting the Bay Area to attend a special preview event held on June 7, 2013 during which several of his compositions for guitar ensemble were presented, and which served as a teaser and fund raiser for the then upcoming performance of his “A Secret Rose,” a work scored for 100 guitarists. Chatham was born in New York City, the son of...
Topics: Other Minds, Rhys Chatham, Interview, A Secret Rose, Avant-garde, Popular music
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The first concert of the 18th Other Minds Festival of New Music (OM 18), held on February 28, 2013, commenced with an engaging panel discussion moderated by Other Minds Executive and Artistic Director, Charles Amirkhanian. Joining Charles on stage are the concert’s featured performer’s, recorder player Bolette Roed, accordionist Andreas Borregaard, and violinist Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen of the Danish based Trio Gáman; bansuri flute virtuoso G. S. Sachdev and his tabla accompanist Swapan...
Topics: Other Minds, Other Minds Festival of New Music, OM 18, Lecture, Panel discussion, electronic, world...
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The 6th Other Minds Festival was held March 16-18, 2000 at the Theatre Artaud, in San Francisco. Concert 1: Guest Artistic Director Carl Stone begins the proceedings with some introductory remarks and then introduces all the featured composers as they gather on stage for a group photo. The first concert then begins with: The Three Strange Angels, Peter Garland Greetings [Lyrics (Arabic): Ismail Hasan], Hamza El Din Escalay (Water Wheel), Hamza El Din Memory Pieces, David Lang Solo...
Topics: californialightandsound, Other Minds Festival, OM 6, new music, music, lecture, panel discussion,...
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Derk Richardson interviews Berkeley based composer and clarinetist, Ben Goldberg, on October 30, 2006 at the San Francisco Performance Library, as part of the Improv:21 series sponsored by ROVA Arts. Originally from Denver Colorado, Goldberg moved to California to study at the University of California, Santa Cruz where he received his undergraduate degree before also obtaining a Master of Arts in Composition from Mills College. Goldberg was a student of Boston Symphony clarinetist and teacher...
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The second concert of the 18th Other Minds Festival of New Music (OM 18), held on March 1, 2013, began with the traditional informative panel discussion featuring many of the nights composers and performers. Joining Other Minds Executive and Artistic Director Charles Amirkhanian on stage was Dohee Lee, Mattias Petersson, Anna Petrini, and Craig Taborn. The Korean composer and performance artist Dohee Lee talks about her home on Jeju Island and how her work is inspired by her grandmother’s...
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In a brief and informal interview, Charles Amirkhanian talks with Dutch filmmaker Frank Scheffer about his most recent film “Edgard Varèse: The One All Alone,” which had it’s U. S. premier in San Francisco on April 19, 2010, as part of a fundraiser for Other Minds. Scheffer reminisces about his first trip to San Francisco in 1980, when he was one of the few people able to interview director Francis Ford Coppola about the future of cinema. Scheffer also discusses the Varèse film and how...
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Something Else: A Fluxus Semicentenary, was a three day event honoring the past half decade of Fluxus, a loose association of like minded conceptual and performance artists. The series of events, which included a selection of films, a radio program, and a live performance, was sponsored by Other Minds, and held in San Francisco from September 15 - 17, 2011. The last day featured live performances of a selection of iconic Fluxus works by some of its founding and/or more famous artists. The...
Topics: Other Minds presents, Fluxus, Performance art, Conceptual art, Inter-Media art
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The 15th Other Minds Festival of New Music (OM 15) began with a panel discussion with some of the composers and performers featured in the first night’s concert, held on March 4, 2010. Joining moderator Charles Amirkhanian on stage was, Clemens Merkel, first violinist of the Quatuor Bozzini, Swiss composer Jürg Frey, and vocalist and composer Lisa Bielawa. Frey describes the inspiration and structure of the minimal, microtonal composition which was to be heard later in the evening, while...
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Oliver Lake gives a crash course in his personal history and writing for many bands and performance situations. Derk Richardson interviewed the composer and sax player at San Francisco’s Thick House in October, 2005. [This is ROVA: Arts un-edited camera footage.]
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The third and final concert of OM 14 was held on March 7, 2009. The program began with Other Minds Executive and Artistic Director, Charles Amirkhanian, moderating a panel discussion with the evening’s featured composers and performers John Schneider, Michael Harrison, Chinary Ung, and Chico Mello. Different tuning systems were discussed with Schneider and Harrison demonstrating two of them while also making the prediction that future composers will be quite comfortable working with a variety...
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Prior to each annual Other Minds Festival the featured composers have traditionally gathered together for a number of days at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program in Woodside CA., to meet each other and offer presentations about their works. In this program, recorded from March 3-5, 2002, you get the rare and invaluable opportunity of sitting in on these far ranging and interactive discussions, which provide insight into each composer’s early experiences and style of composing. In part one...
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OM 14 got started with Other Minds Executive and Artistic Director, Charles Amirkhanian, moderating a panel discussion with Bent Sørensen, Chinary Ung, and Ben Johnston, whose works were to be heard during the first concert, held on March 5, 2009. Sørensen discusses how he has incorporated aspects from one of his operas into two of his more recent compositions as well as commenting on the challenges of writing for a piano trio. Ung touches upon his interest in finding the musical equivalent...
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A video sampler from the 8th Other Minds Festival of New Music, held at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco on March 7-9, 2002, The composer lineup for that year included: Ellen Fullman, Takashi Harada, Lou Harrison, Tania León, Annea Lockwood, Pauline Oliveros, Ricardo Taccuchian, Richard Teitelbaum, and Randy Weston. Excerpted Performers: Linda Burman-Hall, harpsichord & tack-piano Randy Weston, piano (Randy Weston African Rhythms Quintet) T.K. Blue, saxophone & flute (Randy...
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The second concert of OM 14 was held on March 6, 2009. The program began with Other Minds Executive and Artistic Director, Charles Amirkhanian, moderating a panel discussion with the evening’s featured composers Dobromiła Jaskot, Catherine Lamb, Linda Catlin Smith, and Chico Mello. Jaskot discusses the spatial qualities of her music and address the question if it is distinctly Polish in nature. Lamb then talks about her particular interest in different timbres and the pleasure of composing...
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The 7th Other Minds Festival of New Music (OM 7) was held on March 8-10, 2001 at the Cowell Theater of the Fort Mason Center, in San Francisco. Concert 1: Beginning a new tradition, the first night’s festivities began with a panel discussion, moderated by Other Minds Executive and Artistic Director, Charles Amirkhanian, who introduces a number of the evening’s featured composers and performers. Pianist Eve Egoyan, talks about the challenges of performing the works of Alan Hovhaness and...
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